For the last issue of 2018, we bring you ‘The Travel Issue’. While many of us ride the same routes and trails, we find the end of the year is the best time to plan the upcoming events and races – plenty of time to schedule training and travel logistics. It’s the season to try something new, out with the old, in with the new- new events, new routes, new experiences await you in 2019.
James Murren has taken his marching orders and set out in his column, In Search of Dirt, the latest in our ongoing hunt for the best single-track, trails and places to ride mountain bikes in SoCal and Beyond. This issue, James is taking us beyond – we’re going to North Carolina. From the airport to the campground, we have the scene set for a weekend, week or month riding bikes, ‘hangin’ at the Hub’ and taking in the scene of the slate and oak landscapes.
John Woodson offers his unique perspective on the Gran Fondo’s for 2019 in Asphalt, Please. With a preview of keystone events in the Southwest (and the Canada Extra Credit!) many opportunities to challenge yourself and find community amongst fellow riders await you in the upcoming year. Tucking in alongside, we are opening up the BICYCLIST Challenge to include many of these events. If you’ve been following along, each issue we (try to) include a BICYCLIST Challenge, a route profile and guide to a particular area. Complete three challenges in a 365-day period and we’ll send you a BICYCLIST Challenge patch, announcement in the magazine and you’ll hold eternal fame on the BICYCLIST Challenge board. The person to complete the most BICYCLIST Challenges in a year will win a bike, be featured in the magazine and other undecided awesomeness that we’ve yet to come up with.
We have a new installment of Reader’s Rides, an opportunity for us to share your ‘ride’, either machine or experience. We’re biased to photos of experience, but a solid bike shot with bags filled and ready to embark earns big points with us. See one of this issue’s winners, Brandon Scales @shutuplegzz, for a great example. See the next page for the rest of the winners, what they’re getting, and how you can enter. Hint: #iambicyclist
Destinations Within Reach stops in Fullerton and follows the Fix-mas Dirt Crit as a foil for navigating the Orange County city. If you haven’t been to Fullerton recently, I encourage you to ride your bike and enjoy many of the trails that offer a refuge from the business of Orange County. Keeping to the trails offers an endless loop of dirt trail, and an understanding of which streets are friendly to bikes makes navigating a breeze.
We are happy to announce The Law Offices of Richard Duquette as our Title Sponsor for 2019. This sponsorship ensures the magazine will continue to be available for free, online and in print at a bike shop near you. Visit 911law.com and subscribe to Richard’s podcast for the latest information at the intersection of riding bikes and the law.
Happy Holidays wherever and with whomever you find yourself with. On behalf of myself, Kelley O’Toole and the entire BICYCLIST team, thank you for your readership, attention and support in 2018. We’ll see you back on the road and trail in the New Year with Issue 156.